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Patterns of Democracy: Government Forms and Performance in Thirty-six Countries
Patterns of Democracy: Government Forms and Performance in Thirty-six Countries
by Arend Lijphart
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Dry as old toast and just as appetising, 27 Oct. 2014
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If you are taking an exam set by this author or suffer from insomnia this book is for you. For everyone else, you will learn more about democracy, its history and practice by perusing Wikipedia for half an hour than by reading this book. No doubt the author is brilliant but he has the talent of an academic to make his subject unreadable. How do they do it?


The Franco-German war indemnity and its economic results
The Franco-German war indemnity and its economic results
by Horace Handley O'Farrell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Important subject rarely mentioned today, 25 Oct. 2014
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Unlike the war indemnity imposed on the Germans at the end of WW1, the massive payment made by the French after their defeat in 1870 war, was made promptly and is rarely mentioned today. This book is short and not hard to read. And if you are reading this review you probably know already that you are interested in the subject. Be aware this nicely produced reproduction of original is exactly that. Infact, its a photogrphic copy of a used library book which includes quite a lot of marks and underlining by someone who studied the original copy.


Global Climate Change: A Primer
Global Climate Change: A Primer
by Orrin H. Pilkey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent coverage of this subject, 28 Jun. 2013
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Covers all the bases regarding the basic facts, research and trends In climate change. Very readable too. Also deals effectively with the fossil fuel lobbyists. What they say, who they are and how to refute their lying ways.


The Test of Courage: Michel Thomas - A Mastermind Forged by War and Peace
The Test of Courage: Michel Thomas - A Mastermind Forged by War and Peace
by Christopher Robbins
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 28 Jun. 2013
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Fascinating and highly readable account of Michel's childhood, youth and war time experience. Not much about his language teaching though or later life.


This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly
This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly
by Carmen M. Reinhart
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.86

3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 28 Jun. 2013
There is much information here and it avoids technical language. But is presented in most tedious manner. This book needs to be rewritten by an author with some talent for communication. Unless you are an economics student give this book a wide berth. Currency Wars by J. Rickards shows how a book like this could have been written.


TeckNet® New iPad 4, iPad 3 & iPad 2 Premium Folio Case / Cover and Flip Stand For New Apple iPad 3rd Generation & iPad 2 - Brown
TeckNet® New iPad 4, iPad 3 & iPad 2 Premium Folio Case / Cover and Flip Stand For New Apple iPad 3rd Generation & iPad 2 - Brown
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Price: £5.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Right stuff, 26 Oct. 2011
Get one, its what you need with an iPad and somewhat scandalous that Apple dont include one as standard. Same goes for pencil touch device. Stops screen smudging and you can still see screen without your hand getting inthe way.


When Money Dies: The nightmare of the Weimar Hyper-Inflation
When Money Dies: The nightmare of the Weimar Hyper-Inflation
by Adam Fergusson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An important book, 19 Jan. 2011
I've just finished reading this book. Funnily enough, the publisher of it spotted me reading it on the train and introduced himself. Apparently the author is still with us and as other readers have said, this is an excellent book on a very important subject. Not too long, lucidly written and with a judicious sampling of quotes from authoritative sources.

The author does repeat some things rather a lot, such as the latest price of eggs and butter, during the helter skelter descent into hyperinflation. And it would be nice to have had a bit more on the characters and backgrounds of the key players. We all know who Hitler was. But Schact, Streseman, Wirth, Havenstein? Having said that the author doesn't confuse the reader by introducing too many people or dates and figures. And he reflects at the end of the book on the role the inflationary period had on Hitlers rise to power. The chaos and confusion of Germany in the interwar period is usually ascribed to the defeat in WWI and the effect of the depression from 1929 onward. But as Fergusson reveals, the biggest source of chaos was the hyperinflation of the early 20's.

No great knowledge of economics is needed to understand the essence of the book. But if it goes to a reprint then it wouldn't do any harm to have a very short glossary of what is meant by terms such as floating debt and treasury bills. BTW the robustness of the paperback is excellent. Despite much spine flexing no pages have shown any sign of coming loose. If only all paperbacks were of that quality.


The WTO: 5 Years of Reason to Resist Corporate Globalization: Five Years of Reasons to Resist Corporate Globalisation (Open Media Pamphlet)
The WTO: 5 Years of Reason to Resist Corporate Globalization: Five Years of Reasons to Resist Corporate Globalisation (Open Media Pamphlet)
by Lori Wallach
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable and brief introduction, 1 Dec. 2009
This book does what it says on the tin. Its a vital & largely unreported subject which is covered briefly and lucidly by experts in this field. Not something to read for the fun of it. And sometimes you have to concentrate quite hard. But it should be read by all. If they ever do an update, it is 10 years old now, then would be nice to have a page or two on the formation of the WTO and a bit of biography on the people who have ruled it.


Beyond Belief: The Real Life of Daniel Defoe
Beyond Belief: The Real Life of Daniel Defoe
by John Martin
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A scholarly work which may appeal to others., 5 Aug. 2009
This is a lengthy and fully researched book on a fascinating subject which is clearly important to the author. Unfortunately, to my mind it doesn't quite work and its hard to say why. Perhaps there's too much conjecture mixed in with the fact. And it seems like the author has organised the book too much - having a preface, prologue and introduction before you come to Chapter 1 is a clue to that. Referring to Defoe as Daniel seems a bit precious too. But its clearly a magnus opus work and may appeal to others.
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A Brief History of the Cold War (Brief Histories)
A Brief History of the Cold War (Brief Histories)
by Colonel John Hughes-Wilson
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brief history at its best., 16 July 2009
My copy of this book weighs in at 400 pages, which may not seem brief. But its such a compelling and easy read, you wouldn't mind it being twice the length. The author has a complete mastery of the subject coupled with much inside knowledge. Furthermore, he recounts the history in a fascinating narrative. Whilst generally more sympathetic to the US, he is equally scathing of the excesses of any regime, be it China, USSR or the USA. The book is divided into short chapters each covering an important episode of the Cold War. The author brings the material alive, with a pacy style, lucid character sketches and a dry wit. In many ways, the book reminds me of a John Grisham thriller and is as easy to read. But don't let that put you off. This is serious history. If only all the books in the Brief History series were this good.


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